Kanye Announces Album with Jay-Z, Unleashes 'Monster' Track
Making good on his G.O.O.D. Friday promise, Kanye West unleashed "Monster" -- a new song featuring Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and folk singer Bon Iver -- on his blog Friday (Aug. 27). The rapper also announced a five-song joint EP with Jay-Z called "Watch the Throne" on his Twitter account hours before the "Monster" release.
"Happy GOOD Friday!!! The second song off of me and Jay album!" West tweeted, providing a link to the new track.
"Monster" features a brief introduction by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon before Ross tosses off a few lines and West jumps in with a venomous verse. "I'm living in the future, so the present is my past/My presence is a present, kiss my ass!" West raps. Jay-Z later lays down a verse, and Nicki Minaj ends the track with a tongue-twisting take on her own celebrity.
"Watch the Throne," which does not yet have a release date, will also include the remix of West's "Power" single featuring Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz. West is set to perform at the MTV VMAs on Sept. 12, and "Monster" may or may not appear on the rapper's forthcoming fifth album, due Nov. 16.